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Street Sense: Seeing Double: DC drastically reduces the number of people in shelter as more double up

October 1, 2019
As rates of homeless families decrease across the city, Lilah Burke of Street Sense Media looked into what these numbers mean. She pointed to the increasing number of families who are staying with relatives as opposed to turning to shelters. CLC Senior Attorney Kathy Zeisel spoke with the reporter about what this “doubling-up” of families and other homeless prevention programs can mean for children and family in the District:
The Guardian

The Guardian: 'Going to bed hungry': the harrowing reality of poor children living in DC

August 30, 2019
CLC Executive Director Judith Sandalow spoke with Joanie Greve of The Guardian about a new study that shines a light on the wealth disparities in DC. Judith Sandalow, the executive director of the Children’s Law Center, said the results emphasized the “huge disparity” between the perception of Washington as the seat of the most powerful government in the world and the often harrowing reality for many children in the city.
Washington Business Journal

Washington Business Journal: Mold in the walls could be triggering your child’s asthma attack. Here’s what a new D.C. partnership is doing about it.

August 28, 2019
Years in the making, Children's Law Center is announcing something ground-breaking. Thanks to an innovative partnership with AmeriHealth Caritas District of Columbia, we are piloting a pay-for-success model that will improve the health and well-being of even more DC children...AND reduce health care costs. The Washington Business Journal's Sara Gilgore reported on the partnership.

Washington Post: In D.C., 5,500 students are homeless. The city is helping some of them take their first steps to college.

July 18, 2019
At CLC, we meet students who are struggling with homelessness and poverty every day. CLC attorney Sarah Flohre recently talked with the Washington Post's Perry Stein about the challenges they face:

Congratulations CLC Attorney Aida Vindell, Reunification Hero!

July 12, 2019
Children's Law Center attorney Aida Vindell has firsthand experience with family separation. When she was just a toddler, she was separated from her brothers as a civil war raged through her native Nicaragua. They were eventually reunited in the US, but it was a challenging time for her brothers, her parents and Aida herself.

WAMU: Tax Incentives For D.C. Tech Companies Poised To Be Slashed

May 27, 2019
The QHTC tax incentive program cost the District $184 million in corporate franchise tax revenue between 2001 and 2015, including more than $100 million collected by companies that were already located in the District and paying taxes prior to being eligible for the program. This tax incentive is ineffective, and those funds could better serve DC children—which is why we testified in favor of eliminating the incentive last week. We strongly support investments that help implement the Birth to Three for all DC Act and expand school-based mental health supports.

BREAKING NEWS: DC Budget Passes with Major Victories for Kids

May 27, 2019
Today, DC’s fiscal year 2020 budget passed—and we’re celebrating major victories! In the past four months, CLC’s policy team pored over more than 3,000 pages of budget documents and wrote 216 pages of testimony. That’s nearly the equivalent of reading the entire Harry Potter series—if the books were full of the economic data and budget plans that will impact DC children and families for years to come.

Washington City Paper: To Escape Court Oversight, D.C.'s Child Welfare System Is Cutting Corners

April 11, 2019
CLC Executive Director Judith Sandalow spoke with Morgan Baskin of the Washington City Paper about the disparity between the public persona of DC's child welfare system and the serious problems that have gone unchecked on their watch.  “Rather than acknowledging [CFSA’s] problems, there’s, ‘Oh no, we’re doing great. Oh no, we’re headed in a great direction,’” Sandalow says. “But in the past couple of years, we’ve seen things get worse, not better.” 

WAMU: A Shortage of Foster Parents in D.C. Worries Child Welfare Advocates

April 8, 2019
Children's Law Center Policy Attorney Aubrey Luce-Edwards spoke with WAMU recently about the alarming lack of placements for DC children in the foster care system.